Saturday, January 06, 2007

Using a Polarizer

We've all seen how mountains and hills get that "blue hue" in the early morning hours, or late afternoon hours, when the sun is positioned behind them. You can use a polarizer to accent the blue tones of these landscapes. This photo is called "Crack of Dawn" and was taken on the southeasten shore of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. I took the shot about 5 minutes after the sun had broken the horizon of the Montana plains east of the Contennial Divide that you see in the background. I wanted to accent the blue tint of the mountains and lake, so I used a polarizing filter to bring up the natural color that was being created. When you use this technique be aware that you don't have to ajust the filter to it's maxium polarizing capability. The landscape will have a natural blue hue at this time of day, so what you are looking for is to accent the color. If you were to ajust the polarizer to it's maxium, it would flood the shot with a saturation that would look muddy. So look through the camera and ajust the filter so that it's pleasing to your artistic eye. In this shot, I only ajusted the filter to about 10% of maxium.

Equipment used:
Camera - Pentax67
Lens - 105 mm F2.4
polarizing filter
Film - Fuji Vlevia - asa 50
Tripod - Bogen 3221 w/Manfrotto Proball 468RC head

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